History suggests that West Virginia’s game with Maryland today is important to the Mountaineers.
It always is, or at least it seems that way.
Consider that since 1995, the teams have played 17 times during the regular season. West Virginia has won 11 and wound up going to a bowl game each time. Of the six seasons in which the Mountaineer lost, they missed out on a bowl in four of those years and a fifth drew a rematch with the Terps and lost again.
So is that the reason today’s game at Byrd Stadium (noon kickoff, the Big Ten Network) is so important?
“I know what the history says,’’ West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. “But we’re not going to change our mentality because of what the history says.’’